|Cleopatra Keisha by the Keisha Doll Company 1983|
Described as Keisha Cleopatra B. (the company made three different Cleopatras, thus the B that follows her name), as shown in the book image, above, left, "the doll wears an original one-piece pant outfit in a beautiful African print, gold colored plastic necklace, gold sandals, white beads in braided hair... [and holds] a gold painted grass fan." Keisha as Cleopatra A is shown on the right in the above image. My doll's beads, if they were ever present, are missing along with her fan and shoes. Her eyelashes were also missing, which made her eyes look bare and cold. I added false eyelashes to improve her appearance. See how this was done in the next four photos:
|Upon arrival, poor Keisha's eyelashes were missing, gone, zapped!|
|To replace Keisha's eyelashes, I trimmed two sections from the corners of one false eyelash.|
The cut eyelash sections were slid underneath the slit between her eyelids and eyeballs (the same area where her missing eyelashes had been). The preplaced adhesive on the eyelashes is enough to hold them in place. So no gluing was necessary.
|With eyelashes, Keisha looks so much better!|
The next task was to make a pair of sandals for Keisha. Images and captions of how this was done follow:
The sandal strap was placed around what would be the innersole of the sandal and Keisha's foot placed between. This was done to ensure a proper fit before the sole was glued into place.
|Before gluing the sole into place, the underside of the strap was stapled to the bottom of the innersole, as shown.|
|Next, Aleene's Tacky Glue was applied to the bottom of the innersoles and straps.|
|The soles of the sandals were placed on top of the glued area of the under surface of the innersoles.|
|Excess glue was wiped away from the edges and both sandals were placed under heavy objects and allowed to dry for several hours.|
|These are Keisha's completed sandals. A hint of the contrasting color used for the sole can be seen along with my uneven cutting. I added a pyramid design to the strap.|
In the final photo, Cleopatra Keisha joins Ashanti and Nefertiti Keisha. Ashanti arrived in July of 2015 and was featured in a post which provides additional details about the 1980s Keisha Doll Company. As outlined in that post, Nefertiti was purchased during the late 1990s/early 2000s.
The Keisha Doll Company made over 30 different Keisha dolls representing a variety of historical females and males of African descent. Very few of the 30+ dolls were dressed in everyday fashions, such as a school girl.
Do I need any more Keishas beyond these three? No, absolutely not, but if a Keisha dressed in contemporary clothing crosses my path, I will stop at four.
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